Failing To Plan Often Means Planning To Fail

Some folks go through life by the seat of their pants and are pretty successful with that ability. Yet, most folks like plans because it gives them a guideline to creating something extraordinary, loving, well thought out, and fun. I know of a professional man who likes to fly by the seat of his pants, and often, his plan isn’t well thought out. He relies on many others to carry the weight to look good. That’s great if you can get away with it – meanwhile, people get tired of the grind and look elsewhere for their talents and abilities. When I approached him, he retorted that he wasn’t malicious; his idea came to him a couple of days ago, and then he put in motion what he wanted to do without cluing anyone else in on his vision. It wouldn’t be an issue, except there is something similar that the organization he’s with does daily, and it overshadows the other work that other people do. I’m all for change, but not including crucial personnel in a person’s actions could create animosity and resentment. He has a reputation for burning bridges, and eventually, he will need assistance from the bridges he burns. At some point, his actions will cause harmful solutions down the road.

He isn’t alone. Many people do something spur of the moment and have no clue what it takes to pull a major event together. If you or your organization want to plan an event, a few things are crucial to ask ahead of time. You may need to look at a venue to hold a significant event. If so, what do you need to pull it together? Is it something that food will be helpful for, or is it something that won’t require any food items? What is your budget? How much, if anything, will you need for decorations? Will you need advertising? What is your deadline if you want to do a project that has nothing to do with a venue? Do you need a team to put in place the objectives? Are there people already in a place whose skills you can maximize to make the project stand out? Have you plotted an outline to help you organize your thoughts? These are a few questions that might help you start planning for a better outcome.

Sometimes we can do things in a spur-of-the-moment decision, and it’s okay. Taking a short vacation, going out to dinner, or enjoying a day off are things that are often fun with no planning. But sometimes, there are special occasions that help have more of a plan. I had many former classmates who never studied for school. They are now in professional positions and oversee many people’s incomes. As they grew, they had to learn to plan and now are rigid in their lives because they’ve expanded their businesses and families, opportunities, communities, and properties that provide people stability. After thinking about what the above professional did, I thought about ways to plan better. Here are some of the online tips I found.

Three Plans

Think about your top goal. What do you want to achieve with the project you are undertaking? Is it something that needs to have several thought processes, or is it something that won’t require much planning or time? Many things depend on preparation and the size of the goal.

Please write it down. If you write down your goals, you have a better opportunity to make those goals come to fruition. I’ve often heard that writing it down puts those goals in the universe and makes you accountable. I tend to agree with that statement.

Please give it a timeline, preferably a relatively short one. If you make a timeline too far out in the future, your chances of becoming a reality shorten. Short goals and timelessness are more attainable. Use your time wisely.

Imagine all the potential obstacles you’ll face in achieving that goal. You won’t see all the blindspots coming, but if you begin to imagine various scenarios, you can make provisions to prevent more problems from occurring.

Write those obstacles down. I’ve found that if I write down the barriers, I can see more problems that might occur. It helps me focus and start a game plan that prioritizes areas.

Now come up with an if-then response to each of those obstacles. Knowledge is power, and if you arm yourself with different scenarios, then you can begin to knock impediments one by one out of the way.

Each of you knows what works best for you, but I hope that you consider different scenarios to make your lives better no matter what life throws at you. Imagine what you want to become a reality and start planning for that reality to come to life. We all face various projects and lessons, but planning for a better outcome helps us prevent multiple failures in the long run. Have a great day, everyone.

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